Title: Water for an integrative climate paradigm
Author: Juraj Kohutiar, Michal Kravcik
NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia.
NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia
Journal: Int. J. of Water, 2010 Vol.5, No.4, pp.298 - 310
Abstract: By the logic of the New Water Paradigm (NWP), it is deforestation, industrial agriculture, and urbanisation that determine climate by draining land, so that more solar energy re-enters the atmosphere as sensible heat, rather than latent heat of evaporation. Human-made 'hot plates' lead to irregular precipitation and other climate destabilisation effects, but these can be mitigated through rainwater conservation and re-vegetation. This integrative paradigm combines the management of climate, water, biodiversity, and land, with implications for agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban design and regional planning.
Keywords: hydrology; deforestation; urbanisation; desertification; climate change; land management; water cycle; evapotranspiration; integrative climate paradigm; rainwater conservation; re-vegetation.
Available online 24 Feb 2011